Oct 07 2015

1995: October 7-13

tvweek_071095Mum’s the word
Home And Away‘s Melissa George (pictured) says there is an unexpected benefit to portraying a pregnant woman on television. “Now I can eat my lunch before going on set and not have to worry about holding my tummy in!,” she told TV Week. Her character Angel’s pregnancy to Shane (Dieter Brummer) was not planned, as the former street kid was hoping to enrol in an in-vitro fertilisation program with the biological father of her first child, Dylan (Corey Glaister), in the hope of producing a full brother or sister whose bone marrow could be used to help treat his leukaemia. “She’s all over the place because she had her mind set on having a baby with Paul (Ramsay Everingham) so Dylan could survive,” George told TV Week. “But now Shane’s so happy and while she’s tossing up whether to terminate the pregnancy or not, she knows she can’t because she loves Shane so much.” Meanwhile, following an extension to her contract, George is at this stage expected to say on-screen with Home And Away until mid-1996.

The new (short) wave
The ABC, frustrated by its own admission that it prefers to hire experienced writers and directors for drama projects due to the fast turn-around time, is in the process of commissioning a series of three short films from talented newcomers, with plans for another three next year. “The idea for the 10-minute films came up because I’ve been very impressed with a lot of the writing submissions I’ve received,” Sue Masters, head of ABC’s drama department in Victoria, told TV Week. “And it was an opportunity for independent producers to come in and work with us as well.” Despite the fresh nature of the creative talent, some experienced actors are to be involved in the project — including Grant Piro (Janus, Correlli), Leon Teague (Janus), Joe Spano (Embassy), Doug Bowles (Correlli) and Mary Ward (Prisoner). The series of short films will be aired under the banner title of Short Wave.

johnburgessadrianaxenidesWheel turns 3000
Wheel Of Fortune co-host Adriana Xenides admits it was an emotional experience taping the 3000th episode of the long-running game show and being confronted with old footage from the early days. “We were seeing all this footage as part of the 3000th program and tears just started streaming down my face,” she told TV Week. “Wheel has been part of me for more than a third of my life and I find it hard to explain how it made me feel to see all that history.” Xenides has not missed a single episode of the show since it began in 1981, and she is recognised as the longest-serving game show hostess in the world. Wheel Of Fortune was originally hosted by Ernie Sigley before John Burgess (pictured with Xenides) took over in 1984.

bertnewton_0009Top of the list!
As Australian television approaches its 40th anniversary, TV Week launches a new survey to find Australia’s favourite shows of all time. Readers are invited to nominate their ten favourites which can come from any genre — drama, comedy, sport, current affairs, documentaries, etc — and no restriction on which country the shows originate from. TV Week has asked two former Gold Logie winners — Ray Martin and Bert Newton (pictured) — to suggest their ten favourites of all time. A Current Affair host Martin nominates his top ten (ranked from 10 to 1): Rugby League, Four Corners, Lonesome Dove, A Current Affair, Minder, Midday, Fawlty Towers, Hill Street Blues, 60 Minutes, This Day Tonight. Good Morning Australia host Newton’s top ten favourites (again from 10 to 1): The Mike Walsh Show, The Sullivans, It Could Be You, Bobby Limb’s Sound Of Music, The Steve Allen Show, The Perry Como Show, The Footy Show, NYPD Blue, GP, Seinfeld.


  • Former GP star Damian Rice has scored a role in the upcoming second series of Fire. Production on the series is to begin in November.
  • Kids show What’s Up Doc? host Catriona Rowntree has been seen auditioning for Nine‘s travel show Getaway. Executive producer Adrian Swift admitted he is a fan of her work, but at this stage there isn’t a vacancy on the show.
  • When Prisoner stars Colette Mann and Maggie Kirkpatrick heard that Grundy Television was working on a revival of the former hit series, they didn’t waste any time offering ideas on how to write their characters back into Wentworth Detention Centre almost a decade after the original wound up production.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 17 September): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Special: Ellish — Life Without Katie Nine Mon 2099000
2 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1988000
3 Movie: Kindergarten Cop Ten Sun 1818000
4 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1803000
5 Our House Nine Wed 1803000
6 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1791000
7 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1791000
8 Weddings Nine Wed 1732000
9 National Nine News Nine M-F 1719000
10 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1697000
11 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1697000
12 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1691000
13 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1688000
14 Getaway Nine Thu 1653000
15 Mr Bean ABC Thu 1647000
16 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1643000
17 National Nine News Nine Sat 1623000
18 National Nine News Nine Sun 1610000
19 World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1606000
20 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1601000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“For the last couple of months now I have been busy contacting a whole range of people — mainly from the showbusiness industry, but from other walks of life as well — regarding the survey TV Week has launched this week (see above). Many of those we approached were happy to respond, others were ambivalent and some simply declined, which of course is their right. But it was an interesting exercise in itself. For instance, we approached, in writing through their press secretaries, the Prime Minister, Mr Keating, and the Federal Opposition Leader, Mr Howard. Within days, Mr Howard’s office was in contact, thanking us for the invitation to participate but saying, “the boss had a practice of not responding to this type of questionnaire”. Several weeks and about eight unreturned phone calls later, we were just told “No” by Mr Keating’s people. Okay, so they are both extremely busy, what with slagging each other off over the Easton royal commission and other stuff, such as which one has the bigger bald spot, and TV Week’s survey could be seen as just a bit of harmless fun. But… loosen up occasionally, you blokes. One other high-profile politician did respond, by the way, and we’ll have his thoughts as the survey continues.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, October 7-13):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (5.30pm, Ten) looks at the battle of the silicon giants in Robot Wars; sci-fi writer Douglas Adams gives a hitchhikers guide to the future; and a report on the search for a cure for the mysterious Lyme disease. The NBL Mitsubishi Challenge (8.30pm, Ten) features Game One of the Grand Final series, North Melbourne Giants versus Perth Wildcats.

Sunday: Current affairs program Sunday (9am, Nine) presents a special report, ‘DHEA: The Anti-Ageing Drug’. The cricket season begins with the Mercantile Mutual Cup (11am, Nine), featuring Queensland versus Victoria, live from Brisbane. Sunday night movies are Sidney Sheldon’s Memories Of Midnight (Seven), Avalanche (Nine) and My Cousin Vinny (repeat, Ten). The Rugby League Centenary World Cup (1.05am, Nine), Australia versus England, is telecast from Wembley Stadium, London.

Monday: In Frontline (8pm, ABC), Mike (Rob Sitch) is upset when a viewer accuses the show of being irresponsible; and Marty (Tiriel Mora) helps a killer walk free.

Tuesday: Wheel Of Fortune (5.30pm, Seven) presents its 3000th episode. In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), a Mount Thomas man who fought in Vietnam and went on to become a mercenary soldier returns home as a paraplegic, and when he is found murdered in a hospital bed there is no shortage of suspects. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a single parent risks losing custody of her daughter when William (Michael Craig) discovers that the child may have been affected by foetal alcohol syndrome.

petatoppano_0002Wednesday: In Bordertown (8.30pm, ABC), Dante (Petru Georghiu), a resident at the Baringa Migrant Centre, is particularly frustrated as he waits for his wife, Diomira (Peta Toppano, pictured) to join him, but her arrival provides a shock as she had learned English on the boat to Australia and has acquired a taste for freedom, including a ship-board flirtation with Dante’s former apprentice, Cesare (Robert Mammone), which has unexpected repercussions.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Irene (Lynne McGranger) receives insurance money from Mud’s (Tom Richards) death. The John Pilger documentary Vietnam: The Last Battle (8.30pm, ABC) examines the legacy left to the Vietnamese by their American invaders.

Friday: The documentary The Flying Nun (8.30pm, SBS) looks at Queensland’s Sister Anne-Maree Jensen, a 40-year-old Catholic nun who has been flying her single engine Cessna across some of the most remote parts of south-western Queensland in conducting her ministry across her bush parish. The NBL Mitsubishi Challenge (8.30pm, Ten) features Game Two of the Grand Final series, live from the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre. Roy and HG (John Doyle and Greig Pickhaver) present the series final of their variety show, Roy And HG (10.30pm, ABC), which includes the conclusion to their “mini-soap”, Ian, and the announcement of the lucky member of the studio audience who will drive out in a classic 1965 Nissan Cedric.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 7 October 1995. Southdown Press




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Oct 05 2015

Classic TV Guides: Bathurst 500

bathurst_0002The Seven Network‘s telecast of the Bathurst 500 on Sunday 5 October 1969 boasted a leap in technology. A computer worth $1.75 million was linked to the racetrack to provide immediate overall and class placings.

The coverage from Sydney’s ATN7 involved more than 60 technicians, camera operators and other station personnel. Setting up the outside broadcast at Mount Panorama, outside of Bathurst, took three days and included eight cameras, including a ‘revolutionary’ miniature hand-held camera to be operated in the pits to capture the action as cars come in and out for repairs.


ATN’s coverage was relayed to regional stations across New South Wales and to the Seven Network stations in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. For Melbourne viewers the 1969 race marked the annual event’s return to their screens as it not been telecast to Melbourne since moving from Phillip Island after 1962. (The race was previously known as the Armstrong 500)

The Bathurst 500 (it became the Bathurst 1000 in 1973 with conversion from miles to kilometres) in 1969 featured 60 competitors aiming for a total prizemoney of $30,000.

The race was marred by an 18-car pile-up in the first lap. Six cars were damaged beyond repair but miraculously nobody was injured. The 500 mile race ended up being won by Colin Bond and Tony Roberts driving a Holden Monaro GTS350.

Coverage of the 1969 Bathurst 500 features in the latest batch of additions to Classic TV Guides.




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Oct 02 2015

Studio 10 turns 500

itabuttrose_0002Network Ten‘s mid-morning show Studio 10 today reached the milestone of 500 episodes — a stellar achievement given the show is something of the underdog to rivals The Morning Show and Mornings.

The program has also survived where its lead-in program Wake Up was put to rest after only months on air and following the network’s director of morning television, Adam Boland, resigning due to health concerns.

As part of its celebration, Studio 10 broadcast a compilation of some of the highlights, and some possible lowlights, from the show’s almost two year history with various recollections from the cast and crew — including hosts Sarah Harris, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose (pictured) and Joe Hildebrand — and executive producer Rob McKnight.

The tribute also acknowledged the show’s ability to switch from entertainment to serious when a major news story breaks — such as when the Lindt Cafe siege occurred in Sydney and Studio 10, normally a two-and-a-half hour program, went into rolling coverage for the network for eight hours.

Studio 10 airs weekday mornings at 8.30am on Ten.

YouTube: Studio 10




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Sep 30 2015

SBS announces new channel for foodies

sbs_2008SBS has today announced that it will be launching Australia’s first free-to-air channel dedicated to the world of food.

It’s a natural extension for a genre that SBS has embraced both on television and online. It’s Thursday night food and lifestyle programs, featuring local and overseas titles, are already popular with viewers.

The new channel, which will operate alongside primary channel SBS and multi-channels SBS2 and NITV, is due to commence operation in November.

In a statement issued today, SBS managing director Michael Ebeid said:

“SBS’s unique purpose, to inspire all Australians to explore and appreciate the diverse world we live in, is at the heart of this exciting new channel.

“The channel will take one of our strongest and well-known genres to new heights. We know how much audiences love to be taken on a journey of culinary and cultural discovery with our food shows every Thursday night. This new channel is an opportunity to extend that offering with a world of food programming available all day, every day, for free.”

SBS has entered into an output deal with Scripps Network Interactive, a global developer of lifestyle content for television, online and other platforms. Among its brands are American channels HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country. The company also has interests in Asian Food Channel, Fine Living Network and the joint venture with BBC Worldwide, UKTV.

The new channel has already sparked reaction:


The new channel will broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and content will also be available on SBS On Demand. Details of the channel’s branding and scheduling will be made known in the coming weeks.

Source: SBS

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Sep 29 2015

1995: September 30-October 6

tvweek_300995We’ll Sale into the next century!
Sale Of The Century co-host Nicky Buckley (pictured) has put to rest rumours that she plans to leave the show to pursue an acting career. Her fellow co-host Glenn Ridge recently declared he would stay with Sale “for as long as they’ll have me”. And Buckley has added, “I’m with him!”. “We both really enjoy it,” she told TV Week. “We also both realise that this industry is really fickle. They could turn around tomorrow or at the end of the year and say they want something new. But so long as they still want us, we’re both keen to do it.” As for pursuing an acting career, Buckley does have three years of drama classes behind her, so she isn’t ruling anything out in the long term. “I can’t say I wouldn’t do a soap, because a few years down the track I might be doing one. But it’s not what I want,” she said. She has made an acting appearance in the upcoming movie Under The Gun, playing the part of an airline receptionist. “It was more a debut thing, just a bit of fun,” she said.

Mother Goose and son
Mother And Son co-stars Garry McDonald and Ruth Cracknell are tipped to star in the new fairytale sitcom, The New Mother Goose. The project, written by Mother And Son creator Geoffrey Atherden, will film a pilot at ABC‘s Sydney studios early in the new year and, if successful, will go into production of 10 episodes around mid-year. “People seem to love the idea,” executive producer John O’Grady, who has also worked on Mother And Son and Eggshells, told TV Week. “This is very different (from Mother And Son) in that it’s a very satirical view of situation comedy and of the family life.”

Showing signs of decay?
Nine‘s new lavish game show Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush has not been the ratings success it had hoped — but it now appears that a fully-fledged production was not originally intended. Nine had bought the rights to the UK-based format with plans to incorporate some of the show’s stunts into Hey Hey It’s Saturday, in a bid to boost its ratings. When Hey Hey‘s host and co-producer Daryl Somers wasn’t keen on the idea, Nine decided to go ahead with the full scale production.


  • The cast of Ten‘s axed Echo Point have written to network management to express their disappointment that after all their hard word, that nobody from Ten was brave enough to visit the set and deliver an official explanation as to why the show was cancelled.
  • hughjackmanHugh Jackman (pictured), from the recently completed ABC series Correlli, is now filming a guest role for Blue Heelers, playing the part of a lawyer.
  • Gary Sweet has filmed a pilot for a lifestyle show being developed by his former Police Rescue co-star Steve Bastoni. The program, titled A Taste Of Everything, is planned to be a weekly half-hour program. Hosting the pilot was Trisha Goddard (formerly of Live It Up) and Bastoni is hopeful of a sale to a network.
  • The Seven Network has given the green light to a third series of Gladiators, with filming due to commence later in the year. Hosts Mike Hammond and Kimberley Joseph are to stay on for the new series. With Gladiators plus voice-over work for Foxtel, Hammond has now quit doing voice-overs for Network Ten.
  • Ten‘s new children’s drama Mirror Mirror, which debuts Saturday afternoon, features Petra Yared (Sky Trackers) and Michala Banas as two 14-year-old girls — one living in 1919 and the other in 1995. The pair find they can see each other through the same old mirror and can travel to one another’s time.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 10 September): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Movie: Lethal Weapon 3 Nine Sun 2310000
2 60 Minutes Nine Sun 2020000
3 The X Files Ten Wed 1981000
4 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1921000
5 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1909000
6 National Nine News Nine M-F 1810000
7 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1801000
8 Mr Bean ABC Thu 1799000
9 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1789000
10 Our House Nine Wed 1723000
11 The World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1718000
12 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1707000
13 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1703000
14 Getaway Nine Thu 1669000
15 Gladiators Seven Sat 1661000
16 National Nine News Nine Sat 1660000
17 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1660000
18 The Nanny Ten Wed 1647000
19 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1627000
20 Seinfeld Ten Tue 1627000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“After a surge of public acceptance going back to Brides Of Christ and the first series of Phoenix, the ABC has struggled for another drama to emulate those two series. While quality has been a sticking point only on odd occasions, it remains that such series as the Phoenix sequel, The Leaving Of Liverpool, Frankie’s House, Janus, Heartland, the problem-ridden The Damnation Of Harvey McHugh and, most recently, Correlli have not delivered the audience numbers the ABC had hoped and, indeed, expected. Could it be that ABC’s drama fortunes are about to undergo a turnaround? I hope so, because the new series Bordertown certainly is deserving of a vast following.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, September 30-October 6):
tinaarena_0002Saturday: It’s AFL Grand Final Day, which dominates Seven’s schedule. The overnight Football Marathon winds up at 8am, followed by the Grand Final Breakfast. The VSFL U/18 Grand Final (9am, Seven) is followed at 11am by the prelude to the main event. The AFL Grand Final (2pm, Seven) features pre-match entertainment, including the national anthem sung by Tina Arena (pictured)Geelong takes on Carlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with 25 cameras and 35 microphones set to cover all the action to an estimated Australian audience of 8 million plus 47 million households in 60 countries. After the match, Talking Footy (7.30pm, Seven) presents a special Grand Final edition.

Sunday: The Tooheys 1000 (8am, Seven) presents ten hours of live coverage from Mount Panorama, Bathurst, hosted by Bruce McAvaney. Steven Jacobs and Jo Beth Taylor host the National Final of the Rock Eisteddfod (2pm, Nine). Sunday night movies are Excessive Force (Seven), Dennis The Menace (Nine) and Class Action (repeat, Ten).

Monday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Helen’s (Anne Haddy) mayoral portrait of Lou (Tom Oliver) is met with shock; while Stonie (Anthony Engelman) is still feeling guilty about his kiss with Annalise (Kimberley Davies). Richard Stubbs and special guest Janet Jackson host the ARIA Awards (8.30pm, Ten), from the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tuesday: Arky Michael guest stars as an intellectually disabled man struggling to understand his mother’s chronic depression in GP (8.30pm, ABC). In Blue Heelers (8.30pm, Seven), when the police prosecutor gets appendicitis, PJ (Martin Sacks) asks Maggie (Lisa McCune) to fill in for him in court.

joepetruzziWednesday: The debut of Bordertown (8.30pm, ABC), the ten-part series set in a 1950s migrant centre, starring Hugo Weaving, Christine Tremarco and Joe Petruzzi (pictured). Geraldine Doogue hosts the National Australia Bank Ethnic Business Awards (8.30pm, SBS) from the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, with special guest Paul Keating.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Fisher (Norman Coburn) tries to convince Michael (Dennis Coard) to transfer Jack (Daniel Amalm) to Yabbie Creek High.

Friday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Libby’s (Kym Valentine) internet friend is not what she expects. In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Steven (Adam Willits) is arrested for manslaughter. Jennifer Keyte hosts a special prime time edition of Our Victoria (7.30pm, Seven), featuring various travel spots and adventures from across the state.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 30 September 1995. Southdown Press




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Sep 28 2015

Nine follows suit with Grand Final in HD

nrlgrandfinalWhen one acts it doesn’t take long for the other to follow…

Just days after Seven announced that it would be broadcasting this Saturday’s AFL Grand Final in high definition on 7mate, the Nine Network has followed with an announcement today that it will be broadcasting this Sunday’s NRL Grand Final on its high definition channel Gem as well as in standard definition on Nine.

Up until today Nine had only committed to showing the Grand Final in high definition on Gem in Perth, more for reasons of scheduling due to the time difference to the eastern states and to avoid bumping Nine’s regular programming from the main channel.

This Sunday’s Grand Final is between the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys.

Sunday 4 October:

Wide World of Sports: NRL Grand Final special

The Sunday Footy Show: season finale

2015 Holden Cup Grand Final: Penrith Panthers v Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (** Channel Nine & GEM)

2015 State Championship Grand Final: Newcastle Knights v Ipswich Jets (** Channel Nine & GEM)

NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final: Brisbane Broncos v Nth Queensland Cowboys live from ANZ Stadium (**Channel Nine & GEM)

The NRL Footy Show presents “Highway of Happiness”: Encore screening

** Check local guides for times. Times above are AEDT.

** Times/Channels will differ in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne.

Source: Nine Network




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Sep 26 2015

1995: September 23-29

tvweek_230995Selina dies laughing!
The storyline was played out in all seriousness, but Home And Away‘s Tempany Deckert (pictured) could not resist but laugh while her character, Selina, was fighting for her life. In an episode to go to air this week, Curtis (Shane Ammann) takes Selina to the beach. Selina has a sip from a soft drink can which has a bee inside. She gets stung, goes into shock and stops breathing. “What was supposed to happen was that Curtis was to give me CPR, but that was the same week that Shane was rumoured to have glandular fever after having chickenpox, so they had to get Shannon (Isla Fisher) to do CPR instead,” Deckert told TV Week. “We’re good friends and we often play practical jokes, so I was a bit worried she might do something awful while we were filming. During a couple of takes we started laughing and couldn’t stop. But it went well, I think.”

alanfletcherDr Kool!
Neighbours star Alan Fletcher (pictured) could be the soap world’s next singing sensation! In episodes to air this week, Fletcher’s character, Dr Karl Kennedy, performs in a talent quest at Cheryl Stark’s (Caroline Gillmer) pub, Chez Chez. Dr Karl sings a country music song that Fletcher wrote himself, The Drover’s Last Dream. But will Karl’s performance lead to that well-worn soapie path to a recording contract? “Ah, I don’t think so,” Fletcher told TV Week, smiling. “I’ve got a voice they call a screaming tenor.”

mikemunro_0002Mike reverts to type
A Current Affair reporter Mike Munro (pictured) isn’t in any hurry to jump into using technology — instead preferring the traditional typewriter, the preferred method since he started as a cadet journalist over 20 years ago. “Channel Nine offered everyone computers,” he told TV Week. “I turned it down, though I guess the kids will probably drag me into the 21st century, or the late-20th century, one day.” As well as working on A Current Affair, Munro starts his latest TV venture, a Nineties version of This Is Your Life, this week.

All part of the service
This week’s episode of consumer affairs program The Investigators asks whether we should be proud of the level of customer service offered in Australia. “We have cause to be very embarrassed about service in Australia, but in other ways we can be proud,” host Helen Wellings told TV Week. “We’re fast and efficient, but we’re fair-weather people when it comes to problems. We’re not good at putting that extra finesse in service that a lot of people expect.” The special episode looks at various industry sectors, including the building industry, tourism, banks, restaurants, taxis and retail.


  • Echo Point star Martin Henderson, reported to have been approached by the producers of Home And Away, is also being chased by Southern Star Xanadu — the company that made the recently-axed Echo Point for Network Ten — for its new cop show Water Rats.
  • Hugo Weaving, star of the upcoming mini-series Bordertown and the hit movie The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, is set for the lead role in The Bite, an ABC-BBC-Film Finance Corporation production to be filmed in Melbourne, Thailand and Cornwall.
  • Lisbeth Gorr (aka Elle McFeast) is working on a special tracing the events leading up to the sacking of the Whitlam Government in November 1975. Meanwhile, her series McFeast has been picked up by ABC for a second series.

TV’s Top 20 (Week Commencing 3 September): 

Rank Program Network Day(s) Viewers
1 Lois & Clark Seven Mon 1962000
2 National Nine News Nine M-F 1908000
3 Blue Heelers Seven Tue 1906000
4 60 Minutes Nine Sun 1900000
5 Seven Nightly News Seven Sun 1875000
6 Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show Nine Tue 1874000
7 The X Files Ten Wed 1868000
8 A Current Affair Nine M-F 1837000
9 The Simpsons Ten Wed 1823000
10 Home Improvement Seven Sun 1804000
11 The Nanny Ten Wed 1800000
12 Our House Nine Wed 1765000
13 Gladiators Seven Sat 1727000
14 The World’s Greatest Commercials Seven Sun 1714000
15 The Footy Show Nine Thu 1706000
16 National Nine News Nine Sat 1691000
17 Burke’s Backyard Nine Fri 1677000
18 Sale Of The Century Nine M-F 1669000
19 The Great Outdoors Seven Tue 1646000
20 Weddings Nine Wed 1642000

Lawrie Masterson: The View From Here

“I’ve not seen the MTV Unplugged: Nirvana film, but I do know certain people, of more tender years than my good self, who already have the TV warming up for September 28, and the stereo tuned to Triple J, which will simulcast the audio.”

Program Highlights (Melbourne, September 23-29):
Saturday: Beyond 2000 (6.30pm, Ten) looks at a project to save the rare pink dolphin from the onslaught of development at Hong Kong’s new airport; and preserving outback animals and plants by mapping the spectacular expanses of the McDonnell Ranges.

steveoemcke_0001Sunday: The Australian Rugby League Grand Final (1pm, Nine) features the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles versus Sydney Bulldogs at the Sydney Football Stadium. Meanwhile, the VFA Grand Final (2pm, ABC) features Springvale versus Sandringham at Victoria Park, Melbourne. Talk To The Animals (6.30pm, Seven) goes to America — with Dr Harry Cooper and Jane Holmes reporting from Miami; and (pictured) Steve Oemcke meets The Golden GirlsEstelle Getty, one of the patrons of PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), which looks after the pets of people suffering from AIDS. Sunday night movies are Sniper (repeat, Seven), Free Willy (Nine) and Hot Shots! (repeat, Ten).

Monday: Wheel Of Fortune (5.30pm, Seven) begins its special Sports Star Week. In the lead up to the AFL Grand Final, the Brownlow Medal Count (8.30pm, Seven) is live from the Raddison Hotel, Melbourne, hosted by Bruce McAvaney.

Tuesday: In Neighbours (6.30pm, Ten), Joanna (Emma Harrison) and Mark (Bruce Samazan) are getting along too well for Annalise’s (Kimberley Davies) liking. In GP (8.30pm, ABC), a woman is trapped by the day-to-day care and responsibility of her father.

deborraleefurness_0001Wednesday: In the series final of Correlli (8.30pm, ABC), Louisa (Deborra-Lee Furness, pictured) takes her relationship with inmate Kevin Jones (Hugh Jackman) to a critical point, as she battles to maintain her sense of professionalism as emotions draw her into a dangerous struggle. The About Us special Women In Power (8.30pm, SBS) features eight woman, prominent in Australian political life, reflecting on their experiences of being women in power and on what the future role of women in government may be.

Thursday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Shannon (Isla Fisher) stays away from Mandy (Rachael Blake) hoping it will suppress her feelings towards her. The MTV special Nirvana Unplugged (8.30pm, ABC) features the band’s last performance together, recorded five months before lead singer Kurt Cobain took his own life. Mike Munro hosts the revival of the classic tribute show This Is Your Life (8.30pm, Nine). The Footy Show (9.30pm, Nine) wraps up the year with a two-hour special edition.

Friday: In Home And Away (7pm, Seven), Selina (Tempany Deckert) talks about what she saw when she was unconscious. The eve of the AFL Grand Final includes a two-hour special edition of Four Quarters (7.30pm, Seven), followed by That Was The Season That Was (9.30pm, Seven), covering the highlights of the AFL season. Then, the traditional Football Marathon (11.30pm, Seven) continues throughout the night, presenting highlights of AFL matches from years gone by.

Source: TV Week (Melbourne edition), incorporating TV Times and TV Guide. 23 September 1995. Southdown Press




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Sep 26 2015

AFL Grand Final to get HD broadcast

7_2000sThe Seven Network has announced that it will be broadcasting next Saturday’s AFL Grand Final in high definition on 7mate as well as in standard definition on the primary Seven channel.

The announcement is a win for fans who have long campaigned for the AFL to be returned to high definition broadcast. The last time the Grand Final was broadcast in HD was in 2010.

Since then a determined campaign has run on social media, led by the Twitter account @AFLinHDpls, frustrated by Seven’s continual restriction of AFL broadcasts to the standard definition channel in the major AFL markets.

Broadcasting restrictions dictate that signature events such as the Grand Final must be broadcast on the primary standard definition channel, which is accessible to all free-to-air viewers, but there is no restriction preventing an HD simulcast. However, networks have largely declined to do an HD simulcast for fear of not offering viewers an alternative program option. This is a strategy that is at odds with certain programs, such as My Kitchen Rules and Ten‘s Family Feud, being indulged with multi-channel simulcasts as a means of boosting their audience reach.

TV simulcast broadcast times:

Saturday October 3

AFL Grand Final day coverage:

Melbourne 9am LIVE on Channel 7
Adelaide 8.30am LIVE on Channel 7
Perth 7am LIVE on 7mate
Sydney 9am LIVE on Channel 7
Brisbane 9am LIVE on Channel 7

Melbourne 9am LIVE on 7mate in HD
Adelaide 8.30am LIVE on 7mate in HD
Perth 12pm LIVE on 7mate in HD
Sydney 2pm LIVE on 7mate in HD
Brisbane 2pm LIVE on 7mate in HD

Source: Yahoo7



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Sep 24 2015

Obituary: Mike Gibson

mikegibsonJournalist Mike Gibson, best known from the Nine and Ten networks during the 1980s and 1990s, has died at the age of 75.

With a background as a newspaper reporter, Gibson worked in radio in the 1970s, including a successful stint co-hosting the top rating morning show on Sydney station 2SM. He later worked at rival stations 2GB and 2UE and wrote a magazine column for The Australian Women’s Weekly.

Gibson joined the Nine Network in 1981, co-hosting the long-running Wide World Of Sports and Sports Sunday. He also presented sport for National Nine News in Sydney and hosted the network’s coverage of major events such as the Winter Olympics.

In 1988 he made the surprise move to the Ten Network, fronting the network’s coverage of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. He also co-hosted Good Morning Australia with Kerri-Anne Kennerley for two years, before moving on to his own show, Sydney With Mike Gibson.

The magazine show was axed amid budget cuts at Ten at the end of 1990. Following the show’s axing Gibson stayed on to present sport for Ten Eyewitness News in Sydney.

He later moved to Foxtel, where he hosted sports program The Back Page for 16 years until quitting the show in 2012.

Nine Network sports presenter Ken Sutcliffe paid tribute to the man they called ‘Gibbo’: “We are all saddened by his passing. He was a pioneer in TV sport and he did it with his inimitable and special style.”

Nine’s head of sport, Steve Crawley said: “As a story-teller, Mike Gibson had no peer. The people he wrote about you felt you suddenly knew and he had this knack of making you feel part of his stories. Gibbo is a legend of Australian sport.”



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Sep 21 2015

Nine Adelaide launches new CBD studios

nws9_vintageAfter 56 years broadcasting from 202 Tynte Street, North Adelaide, NWS Nine has today officially launched its new premises at 169 Pirie Street in the Adelaide CBD.

Nine News presented its last bulletin from Tynte Street on Friday. A special report paid tribute to the historic studios and the memories that have come from over 56 years of television.

YouTube: 9NewsAdel

Tonight’s bulletin gave viewers a peek at some of the behind-the-scenes activity at the new 169 Pirie Street studios. While boasting the most modern news production facility for the network, murals and displays through the corridors serve as a prominent reminder of where NWS had come from over the past 56 years.

YouTube: AdelaideMedia

All three of Adelaide’s commercial television stations have now moved from their original heritage locations. SAS Seven moved from Gilberton to Hindmarsh in 2007, while ADS Ten moved from its original North Adelaide site to Hutt Street, just a few blocks away from Nine’s new premises.

Picture: Channel Nine Adelaide




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